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Hello all, welcome to Find Me The Original!

A few months ago we came up with a plan, the plan was to create a place for us like minded people who love original design classics! Over the past couple of months we’ve met some amazing people who’ve helped bring our plan to life. Thanks to everyone who’s helped so far, this is just the start of something special and we expect it to blossom into something even greater!

We’ve been in to see our friends at Knoll, Vitra and Fritz Hansen and they’ve helped us put together some videos, so sit back (in your Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair perhaps?), and enjoy!

Next week we’re going to Vitra Headquarters in Birsfelden (Switzerland) and on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein (Germany), so I’m hoping to have lots more tales to tell and Videos to see.

The site may not be perfect just yet. We’re still ironing out some creases and it will continue to evolve. This site has been built entirely with you in mind, so we’d really appreciate your comments, ideas and suggestions. What you need to do to comment is click the ‘Hello!’ title up there and you’ll see the comment form appear. Don’t be shy.

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  1. June 9, 2009

    peter said:

    I would choose to to buy an original if they were not
    so ludicrously expensive.
    Many copies are now extremely well made and priced
    realistically.
    How can anyone justify £1828 for a Barcelona Footstool!
    http://www.couchpotatocompany.com/shop/knoll/barcelona-stool
    Until the original manufacturers price realistically
    Then I for one will always buy a copy.

  2. June 12, 2009

    I ♥ Original said:

    Hi Peter. Thanks for your post. It may be a little harder to justify buying the real McCoy in these credit crunch times. At face value you are going to be comparing around £3600 for a genuine Barcelona chair vs about £500 – £750 for a copy. Or you may be looking at a Saarinen Tulip table where a copy will set you back around £200 for a copy vs around £1200 for an authorised original. But the reasons to own the real thing haven’t changed. Most people end up disappointed when their fake turns up – it doesn’t quite look like the lovely image on the web site they ordered from. This is often because the companies in question “borrow” the official images from the genuine manufacturer’s websites so the customer has pretty high expectations of what the product is going to look like. We’ve heard many customer stories from people who have bought copies (sometimes unknowingly). Typical problems include: the laminate layers start peeling off on a Series 7 Chair copy; or the chrome flakes off the frame of an Eames “inspired” Aluminium chair, or the stitching splits open on a repro Jacobsen Egg chair. So people end up very disappointed. And don’t even get me started on the “after sales” service from these companies. Nobody ends up particularly proud of owning a copy. So my advice is to either wait until you can buy the real thing, or buy something else. If you are looking for a Lounge type piece you may be able to wait. But if you need a set of dining chairs now, why not go for slightly cheaper originals, such as Magis Butterfly chairs instead of Knoll Tulip chairs. At least this way you know that the Designer in question will still be compensated for their design and hard work and you won’t end up feeling disappointed….

  3. July 15, 2009

    twistoffat said:

    I can sort of understand what peter is on about and also your arguements in relation to originality. I would always buy the original purely because the resale value on a fake is very low where the originals seem to hold there value. If the original demonstrates extreme bad value for money then its not worth having. The market dictates the price albeit many manufacturers do seem to be having a laugh at times.

  4. November 2, 2009

    tmb said:

    I initially bought an Eames lounge chair & Ottoman copy for £700, but the quality was terrible, all I could see was what it WASN’T. The company said in their advert that it was Aniline leather, it most certainly was not, it was really nasty split leather. They had said that the pads were held in place by metal clips, NO, they were held in place by velcro, & if you’ve ever had a chair with pads held by velcro, you’ll know that after a while the glue dissolves & the pads fall off!! The shell was rough & nasty.
    Anyway, to cut to the chase, I got a refund & bit the bullet & bought an original. It’s the best thing I did, because I absolutely LOVE it!! It’s everything I wanted it to be. I was embarrassed by the copy, I’m proud of my original!
    One last note, in your video on how to spot a copy, Vitra no longer place a production number sticker on the bottom, just a Vitra/ Eames signature label.
    I know originals seem like a lot of money, but if I had kept the copy, it would have been £700 wasted & I would still be cooing over the real thing in Heals!!!

  5. November 7, 2009

    madone90s said:

    I agree with Peter’s first sentence. I do understand that a lot of these wonderful pieces are handmade using high quality materials, but spending several thousand dollars for a chair is out of reach for the average, middle class enthusiast.

    That being said, I will choose to buy only originals. Sure it make take me a year or two to save the money, but knowing I get a high quality chair that will last for decades is certainly appealing to me. How long will the reproductions last?

    I have interested in Mid Century Modern furniture for only a couple of years, and I do find it very difficult to find any descriptions or details of how to identify a true original. This site is a tremendous resource for those of us that do need to know those little details that distinguish an original from a cheap copy! Thanks to those involved in the website! Nice work!

  6. February 5, 2010

    Miti said:

    Hi, I bought a saarinen oval marble (extra white)tulip table. It has the knoll silver plaque on the base & there are two stickers underneath the marble top. One “MADE IN ITALY” and the K in a circle. The other is a white sticker with the year manufactured written on it. The marble is beveled, like your video shows. A thin profile, but the measurments are off by just a little. Also, he said because he moved it so many times over the years, he lost the original screws that attach the top to the base & replaced them with some he bought at a hardware store. But recently I noticed these lables & stickers for sale making me wonder the authenticity of the table.
    I want to buy originals, but can’t afford to buy new. How can I confirm, is it real or not?

    Many Thanks, Carmen

  7. February 18, 2010

    I ♥ Original said:

    Hi Carmen,

    Thanks for your message,

    The best thing to do is take some pictures of the table and send them to me at sam@couchpotatocompany.com

    We can have a look and let you know if your table is genuine,

    Thanks
    Sam

  8. April 13, 2010

    yogawest said:

    What about Eames lounge chairs made by Herman Miller? Are they considered originals of the same standing as Vitra and made to the same quality. I have the option of buying a 1974 Herman Miller chair for £2800 or should I go for a new Vitra chair.

  9. May 27, 2012

    Gloria Urquiza said:

    Thanks for your website, is great. I need to follow in contact with you. I need help in these topics for to share with my clients, to teach to designers, architects, Etc.
    We are fans of originals Vitra, but there is a great trouble with the chinas copies. There is a lot!!!!
    We are Vitra dealers in Chile South America and today we need and we want to find partners in the world for to work for this cause “Originals in front of copies”
    How to recognize, how to educate to population, to find the 7 differences,
    Sustainability: Un original furniture is sustainable on the time because their long duration. Etc.
    Please, I need more videos in spanish or is posible with subtitles in spanish??
    Panton chair, cone chair, heart chair, vegetal chair, Etc. Only Vitra furnitures (But no Herman Miller)

    Gloria Urquiza
    Projects
    http://www.salavitra.cl
    Chile
    8947082
    090518296

  10. May 28, 2012

    I ♥ Original said:

    Hi Gloria,
    I’m glad you like our videos! We don’t have the ability to translate into Spanish, but feel free to link directly to our Vitra videos from your web site if you wish.
    We have a long list of other products we would like to feature in the videos section, when we find the time!
    Kind regards
    Emma
    http://www.findmetheoriginal.com



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